Our gun problem
Our country’s students have it right – WE NEED stricter gun laws NOW. And after all these recent gun tragedies, 7 out of 10 Florida voters are now in agreement.
I applaud our Florida legislature and Gov. Scott for taking a big first step by signing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law. The Bill (7026) makes some important progress:
- Raises the minimum age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21 (however, glaring loopholes are still in place).
- Imposes a three day waiting period on gun purchases.
- Bans the sale of bump stocks that increase firing rates.
- Expands mental health funding and background checks.
- Allows police to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals.
However, it also pours $67 million into an armed school personnel program that most people are strongly against. It also does nothing to address the dangerous number of military style assault weapons that are threatening our children.
Sadly, many of our politicians in Washington DC and Tallahassee are heavily influenced by the NRA and are still more focused on protecting guns than children.
To protest, thousands of students and teachers gathered outside the White House and Capitol Building this week—and in a stunning display—left 7,000 pairs of shoes on the Capitol building lawn to represent every child killed from gun violence since Sandy Hook in 2012.
This is truly a nationwide epidemic. We must do more to protect our children. Help me get to Congress so we can pass laws that close loopholes, push gun buyback programs, and finally get high-rate-of-fire assault weaponry off our streets.
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